THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER
BRASIL – 2017
December 6th - 11th, 2017
"Itaca's Red Clouds"
"Itaca's Red Clouds"
Theatre director EUGENIO BARBA and actress JULIA VARLEY come to Brasil to share the tenth edition of the project THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER and the masters-in-residence HOW TO THINK THROUGH ACTIONS X.
To actors and directors, playwrights and academics, based on the principles of the Theatre Anthropology and on the training, creation and staging traditions of the Danish group ODIN TEATRET.
Idealized by Cia. YinsPiração’s director Luciana Martuchelli and by Odin Teatret’s director, Eugenio Barba, the event is unique and exclusive, produced in the Brazilian capital since 2008.
"THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER, in Brasilia, became one of the fronts of my battle against the flighty nature of theatre. Every year, a prodigy happens: a few days parenthesis under unique life and work conditions, in a small ranch, in the middle of immensity and out of Brasilia. There, like a caravan guesthouse, Julia Varley and I meet with about twenty Brazilian and Latin-American colleagues and share a strange adventure: get out of the timetables and our daily life. It is as if we wanted to find again the origins. We ask ourselves what are, in the practical way, the inner and technical paths to fine-tune and achieve our necessity to make theatre. We deal with individual questions and answers, following the principles of the Theatre Anthropology and our professional experiences.”
Eugenio Barba – Odin Teatret
SEARCHING FOR DRAMATICAL EXCELLENCE
THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER – Brazil – 2017 is a workshop under Odin Teatret’s levels of excellence, happening with exclusivity in the capital of Brazil. It is addressed to actors, directors and academics from BRAZIL and from ALL OVER THE WORLD with proved experience.
This year we are opening, for the third time, for English-speakers. The workshop is ministered in Portuguese and Spanish, but we’ll offer translation to English for foreigner observers.
In the last ten years, this residence of dramatical excellence with the director of Odin Teatret, allowed actors, directors and academics of different traditions and aesthetics recycle and update fundaments, writings, methodologies, techniques and strategies about the Theatre Anthropology from its creator point of view, offering a unique contact with his creative process through practical and technical work.
The residence HOW TO THINK THROUGH ACTIONS is the event’s main activity. Currently, THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER is the only workshop offered in the whole world where the Odin Teatret’s director, Eugenio Barba, works directly with actors who aren’t from his group or performances.
The immersion approaches, for 8 hours a day, the creation of a dramaturgy proposed by the actors’ scenes and materials – such as texts, songs and physical actions. The workshop aims the appropriation of physical and vocal actions, the relation between the creation, the dramaturgy and the director. The content points to the analysis of the differences between movement and action, static and dynamical immobility, energy in time and energy in space and other strategies to manipulate the spectator’s perception.
Since the beginning of the project, Barba worked under different themes: in 2008, with H. Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”; in 2009, with Amos Oz’s story, “Suddenly in the depths of the forest”; in 2010, with “The flower of the ages”, inspired in Omar Khayyam’s poems; in 2011, the theme was “Love Stories”; in 2012, “A smiley woman (or man) carring a burden over her (his) shoulders walks towards the abysm”. In 2013, “The Sunset Architecture”; in 2014, inspired in Vinicius de Moraes, “Who will pay for the funeral and the flowers if I die from love?”; and in 2015, the theme was "United mouths became foam, and the quiet moment became drama". Last year's theme was "Memory flies far away with th autumn birds".
TRAINING WITH THE MASTER
The expression “training with the master” comes from the book THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER, and stands for a sequence of photos where Barba works directly with Colombian actor Juan Monsalve. These images originated the obsession in creating a space for artists interested in Odin’s investigations.
The 4-day residence with Barba and Julia Varley will have its training dedicated to the following content (main activities):
1. Elaboration of physical and vocal actions;
2. Relation between organic score and narrative structure;
3. Relation between director’s dramaturgy and text;
4. Relation between director’s, writer’s and actor’s dramaturgies;
5. Quotidian and extra quotidian techniques;
6. Difference between movement and action;
7. Static and dynamic immobilities;
8. The energy of space and time;
9. The director’s and the spectator’s perception;
VACANCIES AND PREREQUISITES
It will be offered 16 (sixteen) vacancies for actors (practical level) and 10 (ten) vacancies for directors and academics (observers) previously selected by curriculum and letter of intent.
The selected artists will be hosted together with the director and the actress, from the night of December 6th until the morning of December 11th 2017 in a small ranch near Brasilia. THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER. The activities will be developed through 8 (eight) hours a day, during 4 (four) entire days, aiming the construction of a performance under Eugenio Barba’s direction and Julia Varley’s preparation.
Each actor will create a 5-minute scene with text and song. This will be the material from which Barba will create the performance. OBSERVERS don’t have to create the scene.
X EDITION’S THEME
The scenes, texts, poems, songs must be developed under the theme: "Itaca's Red Clouds".
December 6th, 2017 (Wednesday) – Participant’s accreditation and opening of THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER. Open to public.
December 7th-10th, 2017 (Thursday to Sunday) – Residence and Workshop: preparation and staging with Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley, exclusive event to actors and directors previously selected.
December 11th, 2017 (Monday) – Check out at 9 a.m. from Solar Guadalupe (ranch) and return to Brasilia.
Applications must be sent until October 1st, 2017. We’ll start calling the selected actors and observers the very next day.
Applier as OBSERVER must send small curriculum, picture (jpeg, up to 300 Kb) and letter of intent containing the intentions with the training and informing oneself’s knowledge about Odin Teatret’s work. In case of having videos of your work, send the YouTube link for our appreciation.
Send e-mail to: email@example.com with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
US$ 1.250,00 (one thousand, two hundred and fifty dollars). This value includes:
· Lodging from December 6th to 11th, 2017 in a double room. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Natural food and organic juices. Check in December 6th at night and check out December 11th in the morning.
· Artistic residence HOW TO THINK THROUGH ACTIONS X with director Eugenio Barba and actress Julia Varley;
· Closing Supper and Party;
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This is a complete and total private initiative and since 2008 contributing with the enrichment of Brazilian and Latin-American Performing Arts.
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With Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley
December 6th – 11th, 2017
Brasilia - DF, Brazil.
APPLICATIONS AND INVESTMENT
THE SECRET ART OF THE PERFORMER ______________
ARTISTIC RESIDENCE HOW TO THINK THROUGH ACTIONS X, with Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley, exclusive to
16 actors and 10 observers previously selected.
Return to Brasilia by 12/11/17, in the morning.
Appliers must send e-mail to:
With copy to:
The e-mail must be send until October 1st, 2017, with curriculum, photo and letter of intent.
First call: October 9th.
INVESTMENT: US$ 1.250,00 (one thousand, two hundred fifty dollars)
Includes: training, lodging (from December 6th at night to December 11th in the morning) with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closing Supper and Party. Certificate.
Selected artists will receive a confirmation e-mail with official Application Form.
Each participant must make total value deposit in account sent by e-mail.
Each participant must send Application Form filled and proof of payment.
Only after the deposit is confirmed, the vacancy will be occupied and the enrolment confirmed.
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